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Tuesday May 24 2016
Conte: ‘I spoke to Pirlo’

Italy CT Antonio Conte says he spoke to Andrea Pirlo before opting not to call him for Euro 2016.

The New York City midfielder and his MLS colleague Sebastian Giovinco have both been left out of the squad for this summer’s tournament, almost certainly spelling the end of Pirlo’s international career.

“I spoke to Andrea, I needed to hear from him and we sent people to the US,” Conte explained in a Press conference at Coverciano today.

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Tuesday May 10 2016
Italy face Scotland and Finland

Italy have formally announced a pre-Euro 2016 get-together, plus friendlies with Scotland and Finland.

The Azzurri are in disarray going into the tournament, as stars including Marco Verratti and Claudio Marchisio have pulled out through injury.

Coach Antonio Conte will have an extra get-together to view new players (exempting Milan, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Anderlecht) from May 18 to 21.

The players called up for this training camp at Coverciano will be announced on the evening of Monday May 16.

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Wednesday April 13 2016
Italy-Finland in Verona

The FIGC has announced that Italy’s pre-Euro 2016 friendly with Finland will be played in Verona.

As part of CT Antonio Conte’s preparations for the tournament in France this summer, the Azzurri will face Scotland and the Finns.

The match against Gordon Strachan’s Scots had already been confirmed for Malta, but the venue for the Finland match was undecided.

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Tuesday February 9 2016
Italy to play Scotland, Finland

Italy will play Scotland in May and Finland in June, in two friendlies before Euro 2016.

The Italian Federation confirmed the details of the final two games before the Azzurri lock horns in an official Euro 2016 match.

“On Sunday, May 29 at the Ta'Qali Stadium in Malta, at 20:45 [19:45 in GMT], Italy will face Scotland in a friendly game, the penultimate test for Antonio Conte's national team ahead of the debut in the final phase of the UEFA European Championship in France 2016,” reads an official statement on their site.

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Tuesday February 2 2016
Italy announce Finland friendly

Italy will play their final pre-Euro 2016 test against Finland on June 6.

A venue has not yet been confirmed for the friendly match, but it will kick off on Monday June 6 at 19.45 GMT.

It will be the 13th meeting between these two nations on a football field.

So far the Azzurri have lost only once, the first in Sweden’s Olympic Games on June 6 1912, along with 10 victories and a draw.

Their most recent encounter was a friendly in Messina on November 17 2004, decided 1-0 by Fabrizio Miccoli’s strike.

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